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  • When youth enter coaching, their basic needs are prioritized, and coaches collaborate with other community organizations when necessary to ensure youth get their needs met. Once their needs are met, coaches can focus on more future-focused pathways, such as careers and postsecondary education. Central Plains has provided educational coaching as part of its coaching model since its founding in 1995, evidenced by the thousands of youth we have served who have enrolled in postsecondary programs and the hundreds who have earned a degree or credential. While education has changed over the years in many ways, one thing remains consistent: our investment in the educational opportunities we provide for the young people we coach. This begins and ends with the relationship we have with the youth.